(Whitewater Valley)--It probably comes as little – if any – consolation, but gas prices in the Whitewater Valley were below state and national averages Thursday morning. According to AAA Thursday, the cheapest gas in our area Thursday morning was in Preble County, where the average price is $4.21. Wayne County’s average is $4.36. The most expensive gas in our area is in Butler County, where it will cost you an average of $4.37. Indiana’s statewide average is $4.41. Ohio’s is 12 cents cheaper at $4.29.